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RiDE

July 2020

RiDE helps you get more from your motorcycle. Put together by a team of enthusiastic experts, with help from thousands of committed readers, every issue of RiDE is full of recommendations on bikes, kit, routes, destinations and technique. We speak directly to our readers about their biking lives & use our expertise to steer them towards the good-value option in bikes, trips and kits. We’re famed for our regular Product Tests and eery month provide a comprehensive used-bike buying guide, helping potential owners find the right bike at the right price. Finally... every issue features touring guides and riding advice to help readers explore the world on their bike.

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1 min.
welcome...

... to the July 2020 issue of RiDE. It’s strange being a biker without actually riding a motorcycle. I’ve kept myself busy with jobs in the garage, watching and reading anything I can that relates to bikes — and planning for when the good times are back. There is plenty in here to keep you informed as a biker, though. There’s a celebration of the best new bikes of the year; we showcase great routes in sparsely-populated Lincolnshire; and our kit reviews and tests help your money go further. By the time you read this, we might all be riding again and, even if we’re not quite yet, it’s not far off. It might not feel like it, but there’s still a great summer’s riding ahead of us. Enjoy the mag.…

2 min.
your rides

Andorra This picture reminds me of good times when a group of us rode through Andorra last year on an eclectic mix of bikes, with everything from a Suzuki SV1000 to an Aprilia Caponord represented. Nigel Carr Canterbury, Kent Me and my friend Kieran got a ride in before we went into lockdown. I'd only passed my test a week before and had just picked up this lovely little Honda CBF500; he came round to check it out and before we knew it, we were enjoying some country roads. We rode from Ramsgate to Margate and then took the coastal roads past Westgate-on-Sea and Birchingtonon-Sea before a stop in Canterbury. Afterwards we rode the Preston and Wingham bends home. This was the night before complete lockdown was announced so although I haven't got…

1 min.
star picture

Black Forest, Germany Last summer me, my brother and my dad caught a boat from Hull to the Hook of Holland and then travelled through the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany before retracing our steps to head home. We covered over 1300 miles and it was an excellent family trip without anyone falling out, asking when will we get there or vomiting on the back seat… We are already planning another family two-wheeled holiday for once the current coronavirus situation has passed. Paul Kitching Get your bike in RIDE & win a BikeTrac system Each month, the Star Picture will win a BikeTrac security tracker with a year’s BikeTrac subscription. As well as helping recover your bike if it is nicked, it logs journeys and gives live battery voltage information, too. How to send…

1 min.
bikers keep britain moving

‘Because of the lockdown, I've started carrying tools, a puncture repair kit, a first aid kit and spare fuel with me on my Suzuki DRZ400 — just to be on the safe side.’ Sam Crafts, aerospace industry ‘Whether it’s picking up Covid-19 samples, or just standard blood samples, we’ll turn out whether it’s sunny or raining; the middle of the day or the middle of the night.’ Andrew Harrison, Blood Biker ‘I ring the doorbell with my glove on and then take the glove off to handle the prescription and then do everything else with the glove back on.’ Naomi Sharp, volunteers collecting prescriptions by bike ‘It’s almost like my commutes home are leisure rides now. It’s always during sunset, always a nice view and I always get to see all of the wildlife…

5 min.
‘small in size but lots to offer’

THERE IS A fair chance that not many readers will have heard of Rutland. The smallest historic county in the UK, Rutland is only 18 miles top to bottom, has a breadth of 17 miles at its widest and sits bordered by Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Leicestershire in the East Midlands. And yes, since 2008 it is its own postal county, so you can even write ‘Rutland’ on letters. To be honest, until I moved here ten years ago I didn’t know it existed but have since discovered it may be small in size but it has so much to offer, with great summer scenery and lovely picture-postcard villages and plenty of interesting, grippy tarmac. This loop is a wonderful relaxing ride and I don’t have to travel far to start…

1 min.
local knowledge

Best time of day Rutland Water is a huge draw for families from all over the UK and during the summer, the roads are busy. Get up early and avoid the cyclists who roam in packs. Best corners The B1176 to Corby Glen from Stamford is fantastic with some very tight bends and lots of undulations. I love the ride from Uppingham to Caldecott for its fast sweepers and the run back to Morcott as it is always quiet and peaceful and has some nice, tight bends. Be careful at… The S-bends at Seaton are far, far tighter than you expect and be wary when you go through Ketton, as a police speed-camera van often parks just past the cement works. It also regularly parks at Morcott, Glaston and Collyweston. Best place for a cuppa Rutland Water…